Pro-Choice with Respect to
Some anti-sprawl activists (new urbanists) have labeled those who oppose or have difficulties their policies as
"pro-sprawl." Nothing could be further from the truth for most opponents of the anti-sprawl movement.
Demographia, for example, believes that urban development should be left to market forces. As a result,
Demographia, like some in the anti-sprawl movement, favors the deregulation of land use, so that
compatible mixed use of commercial and residential development is permitted. A problem with some anti-sprawl
strategies is that they would impose new, more rigid land use regulation to
correct the distortions created by the present regulations. What is needed is not more
regulation, but more consumer choice.
Demographia is pro-choice with respect to urban development. People should
have the freedom to
live and work where they like. The anti-sprawl movement has not identified any compelling reasons why such freedom
should not be allowed.
- Those who choose to live and work in dense urban surroundings
should not have that choice denied them due to government regulation.
- Similarly those who choose to live and
work in more sparsely development areas should not be precluded from doing so by government regulation.
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